Friday, October 12, 2007

Belgium celebrates with biggest ever gin bar

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jenever Museum (Gin Museum) in Hasselt, the largest jenever-bar in Belgium is due to be built during the 8th Jenever Festivities on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October.
“We have invited all (57) existing Belgian jenever producers to celebrate this birthday with us.” said Davy Jacobs, coordinator of the Jenever Museum. “For them, we are building a mega-bar in the Witte Nonnenstraat and surroundings.

The aim is that the jenever distillers will bring all their jenever flavours to Hasselt. Already more than 20 producers from Brussels, East and West Flanders and the rest of Belgium have promised to come. On average, each producer has about eight to ten flavours. So with a bit of luck we will be able to offer – on top of the 110 jenevers from the museum – another 500 kinds of jenever!”

As well as the bar, events at the Festivities include the traditional waiters’ race. The “Borrelmanneke”, a popular figure at the festival, will be offering shots of jenever to the public together with a mega shot-bar with non-stop popular music. The famous gin-fountain will return with free flowing jenever on an “all you can drink” basis!

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